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February 14, 2019Knowledge Portal
Can governments promote homestead gardening at scale? Evidence from Ethiopia

This study analyzes a large and novel survey on the adoption of a nationwide homestead garden (HG) program implemented by the Ethiopian government. Results show that adaption of HGs in water-scarce communities is low (<12%) suggesting water access is the main barrier to HG adoption. In more water-abundant communities, better market access encourages HG adoption; so too does greater public promotion of HGs. »

February 2, 2018Knowledge Portal
The impact of the homestead food garden programme on food security in South Africa

This paper evaluates the impact of the homestead food garden (HFG) programmes, implemented by the South African government and directed at enhancing food production in order to reduce food insecurity, malnutrition, poverty and hunger. »

November 29, 2017Knowledge Portal
The use of urban plant resources for health and food security in Kampala, Uganda

This PhD dissertation aims to provide an understanding of the current and potential contribution of urban plant resources to human wellbeing (with a focus on food security) in Kampala, Uganda. With some of the highest urbanization rates in the world, Sub-Saharan Africa faces serious challenges in providing sufficient, healthy and affordable foods for its growing urban populations. Urban biodiversity can provide people with healthy food products in addition to other ecosystem services. »

April 5, 2017Knowledge Portal
Creating mutual benefits: examples of gender and biodiversity outcomes in horticultural activities

This series of fact sheets features Bioversity International case studies with local NGOs and partners. These case studies illustrate successful outcomes in gender and biodiversity through the use of gender-specific research methods. Three of these factsheets take place in forest and agroforestry landscapes and have interesting lessons for horticultural activities. »

March 22, 2017Knowledge Portal
The World Vegetable Center’s approach to household gardening for nutrition

Household gardens can help alleviate malnutrition in the developing world when they are linked to nutrition and health initiatives and local support systems. The World Vegetable Center’s strategy aims to address important gaps in the optimal design of household garden interventions. »

October 19, 2016Knowledge Portal
Impact and cost-effectiveness of women’s training in home gardening and nutrition in Bangladesh

This study in the Journal of Development Effectiveness quantifies the impact and cost-effectiveness of training poor rural women in Bangladesh in home gardening and nutrition. It was found that the intervention significantly increased vegetable production, vegetable consumption and the micronutrient supply from the garden. »